What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Let's Go for a Drive! is another silly installment in Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie series and the winner of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, an award given to books for beginning readers. New readers and pre-readers alike will enjoy watching Elephant and Piggie get so excited gathering everything they might need on a car trip. Parents will like the lesson of how the friends are flexible when things don't go as planned. Since the story is told in conversation bubbles, kids will build some basic conversation skills. Parents of children with social delays will also appreciate the exaggerated expressions of Willems' animal characters as an easy way to explore feelings.
What's the story?
Elephant has a great idea. He and Piggie should go for a drive! Piggie's game, but they're not ready to go yet. They need all kinds of things for a successful car trip: a map, sunglasses, umbrellas in case it rains, and bags. But they forget one very important thing. When plans change and Elephant gets upset, Piggie makes a suggestion that sets things right again.
Is it any good?
Just as you'd expect from friends Elephant and Piggie, the idea of a car trip is off-the-hook exciting. Elephant shouts, "GET THAT MAP!" and Piggie rushes off. Then the celebration: "Map! Map! Mappy-map-map!" And it goes on from there.
The preparations are such a party that it's no wonder Elephant's upset when plans go awry. LET'S GO FOR A DRIVE! gives kids a valuable lesson in flexible thinking, with a truly clever happy ending to go with it.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about expectations. On the cover of Let's Go for a Drive!, do you see the thought bubble above Elephant and Piggie's heads? Could this be a clue that things may not go as planned?
How do Elephant and Piggie deal with it when their plans go wrong? Have you ever had your heart set on doing something and it didn't work out? How did you feel, and what did you do?
How do Elephant and Piggie reuse car trip items for their new activity? Can you spot the sunglasses? The map? The umbrellas?